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August 26, 2010

More Induction, Less-Intense P.D. for Teachers, Report Finds

Most teachers now appear to be receiving induction services, but they're spending less time in some kinds of sustained professional development activities than just a few years ago, according to a new analysis of federal data.

August 16, 2010

Report Urges Contractual, State Policy Support for PD

State lawmakers and district officials should revise local collective bargaining contracts and state laws so that they support high-quality professional development, urges a report released recently by four groups. The National Staff Development Council, the National Education Association, the Amer...

June 28, 2010

Intensive Induction Boosts Achievement, IES Study Says

That's the bottom line of this new study out from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. It's an important study because the experimental design allows us to conclude that it was the intensive, two-year structured mentoring that "treatment" teachers received—and no...

May 07, 2010

Defining 'Job Embedded' Professional Development

The term "job embedded" professional development is a big one in our field these days. It reflects the common-sense and increasingly influential idea that post-baccalaureate teacher training should be responsive to teachers' day to day practices in school and their own students' needs. The term has ...

April 26, 2010

Senators Reintroduce Professional-Development Bill

Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., George LeMieux, R-Fla., and Sharrod Brown, D-Ohio, last week introduced a bill to overhaul the definition of "professional development" in the current ESEA. This may seem like peanuts compared with all the wrangling going on about school improvement and accountability, but c...

March 23, 2010

Designing a Data-Friendly Environment for Teachers

Newark, N.J., is moving ahead to try to get information on student performance into teachers' hands in a nonthreatening way. And it's got a partner in the American Federation of Teachers. That's according to a release from the district, where schools are creating a data "urgent care" room in each...

February 10, 2010

Houston Considers Ending Master's "Pay Bump"

Houston chief Terry Grier considers whether granting pay bumps to teachers who hold master's degrees is cost-effective.

February 08, 2010

Whither Professional Development in the Budget?

Here's another teacher-related question on President Obama's budget request: Will it be good or bad for professional development? If lawmakers go along with cutting the Title II state formula grant program by half a billion dollars, then there'd already be fewer funds for professional development, ...

December 07, 2009

Teacher Magazine: NCLB Definition of Professional Development Scrutinized

Colleague Anthony Rebora, over at Education Week's Teacher Magazine, is live-blogging the National Staff Development Council's annual conference. He has a really great post up about the definition of professional development in the No Child Left Behind law. Be sure to check it out, because althoug...

November 13, 2009

How Should Teachers Be Involved in Assessment?

You may remember that I moonlight as Education Week 's assessment reporter in addition to covering teacher issues. Right now, I'm in Boston covering the U.S. Department of Education's first public forum on the $350 million that it'll be putting toward consortia of states that create common assessme...

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